Depleted Sharks defy odds to win

It was a sensational effort after losing a third of their team to injury and illness during the week.

Out of the team were State selection players Andrew Jeffries and Josh Simm, plus Reece Potter, Peter Worth and newly promoted Ricky Hayes, who suffered an ankle injury at training.

The drama continued to unfold during the week with replacements being unavailable, necessitating the use of three players from the preceding Reserves game on the bench.

But the Sharks started confidently and with a new half combination of Kevin Brown, Luke Faulkner and John Weber directing their troops, the forwards made some great inroads that enabled the backs to score some spectacular tries.

Vincent Silulu, playing arguably the best game for the club this season, scored at will and with new fullback Elliot Hassell returning kicks deep into Willagee’s territory, the Sharks were on the front foot.

At half-time the score was 20-0 and the second term was much the same, with forwards Lington Tuiloa, Duntaine Puna and Keelyn Tuuta-Edwards ensuring the tries kept coming.

Willagee managed to hit back with a couple of tries in the middle part of the game but that revival was shortlived as the Sharks won 48-14.